200 upmarket homes backed

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PLAN to build 200 executive-style houses near a flagship business park have been backed by councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee has approved outline plans to build the houses on land to the west of Wynyard Park, off the A689.

The application from Wynyard Park Ltd was approved by 13 votes to two.

As part of the plans, the developer has agreed to provide £1.2m towards off site affordable housing provision in Hartlepool, plus there is also a £1.7m commitment towards highways improvements.

A more detailed application needed for full planning permission is due to be submitted next Spring.

Paul Barber, Wynyard Park’s managing director, said: “We are very pleased to have received outline planning permission because there is a need for more executive-style housing.

“Wynyard Park has been a big success story and we want to create a community where people can work and live.

“We hope this will encourage more MDs and entrepreneurs to consider moving to the area.”

The £1.2m contribution is equivalent to a 10 per cent provision of on-site affordable housing.

Labour councillor Jonathan Brash said: “The £1.2m contribution is fantastic and I would congratulate the developers and the officers who have worked extremely hard.”

Conservative group leader Ray Wells added: “We do need more executive housing in the borough, and this is a perfect site for that.”

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson said: “We have identified this site for housing.

“There is more of a need to put these executive houses in after the Tunstall Farm and Quarry Farm were removed from the Core Strategy.”

The Core Strategy is a 15-year council planning blueprint for the development of Hartlepool.

Liberal Democrat councillor Edna Wright voted against due to traffic and environmental concerns, while independent councillor Geoff Lilley said he wasn’t against the plans in principle but voted no until there was more information from both Hartlepool and Stockton Borough Councils about the vision for the whole business park site.

Speaking about the £1.2m contribution towards affordable housing, Mr Barber added: “We are very keen to support the regeneration of Hartlepool and we are more than happy to make this £1.2m contribution.

“The council is the best placed body to decide how that money is spent.”

Barbara Wren, who spoke at the meeting on behalf of Wolviston Parish Council, said they were not against the housing plans but said there “genuine concerns” about the traffic impact on the nearby village.

She added: “We just want both Hartlepool and Stockton Councils to work together to consider Wolviston.”

The original scheme which was submitted at the turn of the year met with more than 50 objections from dozens of neighbouring residents from nearby Wynyard Village and some bodies which feared it would cause traffic congestion and over-development.

Therefore amended plans were drawn up and around a further dozen objections were made.

The application site, which is made up of dense woodland and open agricultural fields, is located within Hartlepool Borough Council’s boundary.

Wynyard Village is directly south of the application site on the opposite side of the A689.